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World Rabies Day Observed on 28 September

Sep 28, 2013 13:40 IST

World Rabies Day observed on 28 September 2013 across the world to raise awareness about the impact of rabies disease and to deliver the message that rabies is preventable.

The theme for the year 2013 is Rabies: Understand it to defeat it.

World Rabies Day is an initiative of Global Alliance for Rabies Control and the day started it in 2007 to create a global opportunity for people to focus on rabies prevention.

The World Rabies Day is observed each year on 28 September- on the death anniversary of Louis Pasteur who developed the first efficacious rabies vaccine with his colleagues.  The day aims to raise awareness about the impact of rabies on human beings and animals, and provide information on how to prevent the disease.

About Rabies

Rabies is a viral disease that causes acute encephalitis (inflammation of the brain) in warm-blooded animals. The disease is zoonotic, meaning it can be transmitted from one species to another, such as from dogs to humans, commonly by a bite from an infected animal.  The rabies virus infects the central nervous system, ultimately causing disease in the brain and death.

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